Jewar victims: Noida cops held ‘real’ culprits
The Gurgaon police and Gautam Budh Nagar police are locked in a tussle, with both of them claiming the arrest of the perpetrators of the Jewar gang-rape incidentUpdated: Oct 31, 2017 13:58 IST
Three days after the Gurgaon police arrested four men and claimed their involvement in the Jewar gang-rape and murder case, the victims backed the Gautam Budh Nagar police saying that the district police had arrested the perpetrators in July and they had identified their belongings from those arrested.
Sources in Jewar police also said that the men arrested by Gurgaon police might have criminal involvement but they are not involved in the Jewar gang-rape incident.
“I was present that night when they shot my brother-in-law and did heinous acts with our women. When police made them stand in front of us, we could identify them. We also identified our mobile phone and valuables that were taken,” said Kamran (name changed), the brother-in-law of the man who was shot dead during the incident.
On May 26, a Jewar-based family was waylaid by a group of robbers in Sabota village on their way to Bulandshahr. The perpetrators allegedly gang-raped four women and shot dead one male member of the family. The incident attracted much criticism and raised questions regarding women’s safety in Delhi-NCR.
Now, the Gurgaon police and Gautam Budh Nagar police are locked in a tussle, with both of them claiming the arrest of the perpetrators of the Jewar gang-rape incident.
While the Gautam Budh Nagar police arrested four persons on July 23 after a brief gunfight and claimed them to be the perpetrators, the Gurgaon police arrested four men on October 27, who they say were involved in several incidents of gang-rapes, murders and robbery heists across Delhi-NCR, including the Jewar gang-rape case.
However, the Jewar police find the Gurgaon police’s theory hard to believe as they claim the latter failed to produce any evidence suggesting the involvement of the men arrested on October 27 in the incident.
“Any statement given under police interrogation is not admissible in court. To strengthen our story, we usually present evidence to suggest the involvement of those being charged. However, in this case, Gurgaon police failed to provide any details about the Jewar gang-rape. They couldn’t produce any evidence, whereas we produced the looted valuables and the cellphones (of the victims),” said Rajpal Singh Tomar, station house officer, Jewar police station.
Another police officer said, “The men arrested by Gurgaon police were involved in Rabupura gang-rape of 2016. We had also received this information from a source a few months ago. Had we wanted, we could have laid the blame for Jewar gang-rape on these men but there was no evidence to suggest it,” he said.
The recent news of the arrest of a gang in Gurgaon has failed to generate any interest among the gang-rape survivors or their kin. They claim that a few months ago, they received a compensation of Rs5 lakh from the state government and they are trying to start a new life.
“I lost my meat shop a few months ago due to the crisis in my family. The last of the four brothers in our family has gone to Palwal to become a scrap dealer. Somehow, we are trying to move on with our lives. I believe the police and the media should also move on,” said Kamran.
First Published: Oct 30, 2017 21:29 IST